Pete Rose was a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ ”Big Red Machine” of the 1970s. Because of his desire and enthusiasm, he was known as ”Charlie Hustle.” Rose is the all-time career leader in hits with 4,256, and he played in more than 150 games a year in each of seventeen seasons. It is an all-time record. In all, he played in 3,562 games and 500 or more games at each of five different positions. He also played for 24 consecutive baseball seasons. Rose is the leader in career singles with 3,215 and at bats 14,053. He had 100 hits in each of his first 23 seasons. This is a record, and he is second in career doubles. Charlie Hustle had 200 hits in each of ten seasons and led the league in hits seven times. Rose was the Rookie of the Year in 1963, and his best season ever was in 1973 when he batted .338 with a career high 230 hits. He was named the NL Most Valuable Player. Rose was the MVP of the 1975 World Series with a batting average of .370. In 1989 he was accused of having big debts with gamblers and betting on the team he managed. Rose agreed to a lifetime suspension from baseball.
Stan ”The Man” Musial
Stan ”The Man” Musial was a star with the St.Cardinals for 22 seasons and was the first national league player to win three MVP awards. Musial led the Cardinals to the first of three straight pennants and the World Series Championship as a rookie. That year, he hit .315. He won his first MVP award in 1943, leading the league with a .357 average, 220 base hits, 48 doubles, and 20 triples. He led the league in hits in 1944. Musial had good power and was a great singles and doubles hitter. Stan the Man won six slugging titles, and he hit five home-runs in a double header in 1954. His unique batting stance and keen eye resulted in seven batting titles. Musial’s career batting average was .331, and he had 475 home-runs and 3,630 hits.
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